Hey, it could be worse. Scientists recently discovered the coldest place on the planet. The temperature just off a ridge in the East Antarctic Plateau reached minus 135.8°F, in the middle of August no less! Really puts our cold into perspective.
After a quick 1-2 inch coating of new snow on the trails, cold settles in again for the weekend. A storm that passes to our south and brings accumulating snow to Iowa and Wisconsin and flooding rains to the Ohio Valley. Minnesota is spared.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, light wind. H: 22 Wind: NE 2
Saturday Night: Cloudy. L: 11 Wind: N 7
Sunday: Cloudy. H: 16 L: -7 Wind: NW 10 mph
Monday: Sunny but wind chill sub zero. Bitterly cold. H: 1 L: -7 Wind: NW 7
Christmas Eve: Partly cloudy, breezy. H: 16 L: 12 Wind: S 10-15
Christmas Day: Cloudy, light snow showers. H: 22 L: 1 Wind: SW 10-15
Thursday: Partly sunny. H: 9 L: 0 Wind: W 10
Friday: Mostly sunny. H: 11 L: -1 Wind: SW 7
Okay, do you want the good news or the bad news first? Though the amount of daylight will decrease for a few more days as the sun continues to rise later, we have passed the earliest sunset of the year and will see the sun set later each day. The winter solstice and the official start to winter is Saturday. Bring on the bright summer evenings!
Something odd fell from the sky Monday, December 16...snow in the shape of corkscrew pasta! I've been scratching my head trying to figure out how these individual snowflakes obtained this odd shape. Maybe it has to do with the type of tiny air particles and just the right atmospheric conditions? No clue! Some things defy explanation.
Minnesota Heat Waves Linked to Lost Cryosphere
New study links loss of arctic sea ice and snow melt to extreme weather in the mid-latitude, including in Minnesota. Warning, technical weather talk:
Atmospheric changes associated with the combined snow/ice reductions reveal widespread upper-level height increases, weaker upper-level zonal winds at high latitudes, a more amplified upper-level pattern, and a general northward shift in the jet stream.
More frequent extreme summer heat events over mid-latitude continents are linked with reduced sea ice and snow through these circulation changes.
You may have seen this story but I though it was the coolest thing. Imagine raindrops that fall today being preserved for billions of years.
Recently discovered raindrops in South Africa were fossilized in volcanic ash 2.7 billion years ago. This discovery provided a clue as to what our atmosphere was like during that time. Based on the size of the imprints, scientists were able to conclude that the atmosphere that created the preserved raindrops was nearly twice as thick as today.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story